Hispanic artist and Greenpeace ambassador Alejandro Sanz will travel to the Arctic this month through a Greenpeace-organized expedition.
The overall goal is to create a protected region around the north pole in which oil extraction and industrial fishing will be prohibited. More than 3 million people, including Sanz, have joined the campaign to ban oil drilling in the Arctic.
The trip will highlight the need to protect the region's unique ecosystem and to check on the dwindling glaciers and the polar ice cap due to climate change, underscoring the danger of an oil spill in this virtually unexplored territory and the risk local inhabitants face of losing their land.
"We have to acknowledge the fact that if we help save the Arctic we're saving much more," Sanz said in a statement. "It's the most important environmental battle because it is one of the few places on Earth where an environmental balance still exists. Much is at stake and what happens there affects us all."
Earlier this week, Sanz shared this photo of what his children gave him for his trip -- a Dora the Explorer backpack, socks and what looks like a Winnie the Pooh ice pack.
Sanz holds the record for the most Grammy Awards for a Spanish artist with 16 Latin Grammys and three American Grammys, according to his website.
The Spanish artist will travel with Greenpeace to the Arctic Circle, where he will meet with Inuits –- a people native to Arctic -- to look at how climate change and human activity threaten their way of life and the natural habitat in which they live. The Arctic could be ice-free in 10 to 20 years, with serious effects on people, fauna, flora and the economy, according to a Greenpeace report.
"We need to make sure politicians and oil companies hear our concerns and help us protect the international waters of the Arctic Ocean from corporations that are causing severe climate change and ice thaw," said Hernan Nadal, head of digital mobilisation for the global Arctic campaign at Greenpeace. "Oil companies see an economic opportunity on what would mean a loss to humanity and the destruction of the Arctic."
To support Sanz and for more information on his Arctic expedition, click here.
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